Gaywood church bench tribute

Gaywood church bench presentation ANL-151222-165308001
Gaywood church bench presentation ANL-151222-165308001
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The memory of a popular member of a Gaywood church will live on in the form of a new oak bench, which has been made by her husband.

The Margaret Woodford memorial bench was blessed and dedicated in a ceremony in the driveway of St Faith’s Anglican and Methodist Church.

The service was attended by family and friends and church members.

The service was led by St Faith’s team vicar, the Rev Dale Gingrich, who dedicated and blessed the bench.

All those attending were given roses by Mr Woodford and they placed these on to the bench in memory of Margaret.

Margaret died suddenly in February, 2013, soon after returning home from a holiday with her husband in Cyprus.

There was standing room only at her funeral in St Faith’s Church, a reflection of her popularity among the many groups and organisation with which she was connected.

She was known particularly for her skills as a flower arranger and was a member of a number of local flower clubs, Mr Woodford said that he was presenting the bench to be “set apart in service to Christ’s Church as a place of rest, refreshment and welcome”.

The service included music by trumpeter John Barker and a reading from the Bible by Pam Woodford (no relation to Mr Woodford).

Mr Gingrich said after the service that the bench very much reflected Margaret’s “strong and steadfast” character.